N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/19
Wright and Cunti get assists, but only one prospect can enjoy a victory.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/18
WHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Finals
Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 1-0
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (hooking)
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-5-8, +2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
Kelowna strikes first in the Western Conference Finals, gaining a 3-0 lead in game one and hanging on for the win. James Wright was a team-worst minus-3 for Vancouver, one of those being on the ice with likely top-5 pick Evander Kane and Conference MVP Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Penguins) in the gameâ€™s final minute for the empty net goal. Mikael Backlund (Flames) had two goals and an assist for First Star honors. Kelowna has won 5 straight games. Game 2 is Sunday in Vancouver.
Lightning co-owner Len Barrie was reportedly set to be in attendance for the game. His son, Tyson, was scoreless for the Rockets. Tyson was drafted one spot ahead of Kane in the WHL Bantam Draft a few years ago.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/17
QMJHL Playoffs â€“ League Semi-Finals
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 8
Drummondville leads Best of 7 series 1-0
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-25-45, +10, 32 PIM
Rimouski has their work cut out for them against the high-powered Volts, and they found that out early in Game 1. Drummondville had a 3-0 lead after one period and blew open a 4-1 game entering the third with four in the final period alone. Game 2 is Sunday in Drummondville.
Despite the numbers, Ramo was very good the last half of the year for Tampa Bay filling in for the injured Mike Smith. Ramo started the year in AHL Norfolk and recently graduated from prospect status here at Bolt Prospects.
Ramo, pictured here with Finland's junior team in 2005, will be joined in the Finland nets by Nashville's Pekka Rinne. Ramo played last year for Finland as a back-up.